How Can a Summer Dress Be Winter Appropriate?

Carol Bentley
by Carol Bentley
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So I don't know about you but I'm fed up of this winter over in the UK, I'm so ready for the warm weather that I made a summer dress and I'm going to show you how I made it and how to style it two ways one for the summer and one for right now, winter or not!!

So.... my dress is based on the Tilly and the Buttons Indigo dress

INDIGO TOP or DRESS sewing pattern | Tilly and the Buttons

its a really sweet and simple dress and smock pattern. I used this lovely cotton lawn, in a sweet blue floral design John Louden Cotton Lawn Fabric | 1234969 | Minerva and once I got all the pieces cut out it came together really quickly.

Firstly we need to pop some darts in the front bodice, after all the fabric is totally flat to being with and I'm not flat. The bodice needs to curve and these darts are the first step.

Then the front bodice piece is joined at the shoulders and side seams to the two back pieces.

Next we need to add and hem the bottoms of the sleeves.

Next the buttons and button holes are installed in the back bodice.

Now the bodice is completed were going to make the skirt and you know of course it HAS to have pockets, so the pocket bags are stitched on first.

Were almost done now, the bottom flounce is added to the main skirt, then the whole skirt is stitched to the bodice and we're all done!!

Tada... all finished. I can't wait for the summer to arrive when I can wear this out in the wild, walking along a gorgeous beach or in the town, stopping off at a taverna for a glass of something chilled!!

But, I really think this is my favourite way to style my Indigo, under a pinafore. Its bang on trend for the Cottage core style which is so in right now.

Which is your fav styling??

Suggested materials:
  • Cotton lawn 3m   (Minerva crafts)
  • Indigo dress pattern   (Tilly and the Buttons)

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